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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,729

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Best book I have read in years

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-16

I am typically uninterested in mysteries but I had heard so much about this one I thought I would give it a try. I just loved it-so well written and imaginative. It was so addicting I found myself staying up later than I should to listen to just one more chapter. Now that I've finished, I don't know what to do with myself. The narration was brilliant as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,564
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,565

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

Everyone should read this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-15

While I was raised in the era when Russia was considered the Evil Empire by the United States, like many Americans I was overjoyed to see the Berlin Wall come down and thought it heralded a new beginning for the Russian people as well as relations between the U.S. and Russia. Tragically that was not to be. When I first saw Putin's face and watched his arrogant and dismissive manner when dealing with American officials, a chill went up my spine. He appears to be cut from the same cloth as Stalin or Hitler. After listening to this horrendous story, my fears were confirmed. Although I suspected Putin and his minions were brutal and didn't really care about human rights, I was not prepared for the harrowing story of Sergei, a good and honest man systematically tortured and denied medical treatment until he ultimately died all because he discovered the theft of millions by sociopathic Russian police and other so-called officials. These atrocities were done in such a shockingly blatant and unapologetic manner, it is apparent the Russian people are too frightened to complain about the people in power for fear of meeting the same fate as poor Sergei. It makes me sick to the stomach that this is only one story of many. There is no justice for the average Russian citizen. Speak up against this regime of psychopaths that steal and murder with impunity and you will pay-most likely with your life. It is truly bone chilling. No one would believe it if there weren't piles of documentation to back it up. I truly think everyone should read this book and share Sergei's story.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,555

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

A Very Different Atticus

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I have been obsessed with To Kill a Mockingbird since I was a girl. I am almost 56 years old now and when I heard there was another Harper Lee novel being released I was beside myself. I pre-ordered the book in April and bought the audio version this month. I still love how she writes and fills the pages so vividly with all the characters she grew up with-you can imagine them clearly in your mind just as if you were there in her little Alabama town-this time in the early 1960's. However, I was like Scout in that I had worshipped Atticus as a good and honorable man. When I was young, I imagined he was my father. So just, so fair, so kind. The horror I felt discovering he was just a man with bigotry and stubbornness at holding on to his long gone Southern class society was almost too much to bear. I just finished listening and am still trying to determine what I think about it. I didn't want it to end-I wanted Atticus to have an epiphany and realize how racist some of his beliefs are, then become a champion for civil rights. However, in this novel, much like in real life, things are more complicated and messy. People are flawed-even Atticus Finch. I am at once shattered by this revelation and yet thankful for another glimpse into Scout's world. I think I will read To Kill a Mockingbird again.

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  • Dangerously Funny

  • The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'
  • By: David Bianculli
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great topic, well written, poorly narrated

  • By Sandra on 10-25-10

Entertaining and Enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-14

I was just a young girl when the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was on TV. I remember watching it with my mom and brother and laughing and laughing. My favorite skit was the continuing saga of Pat Paulson running for President. While I am sure I didn't catch all of the innuendos and inside jokes pertaining to Nixon's administration, I did understand most of what was going on. Listening to this as an adult and hearing the back story, I had no idea there was such in-fighting and drama behind a comedy show. I thoroughly enjoyed this and recommended it to my brother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • George Carlin Reads to You

  • An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'
  • By: George Carlin
  • Narrated by: George Carlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,431

If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Cast of Thousands

  • By Rick on 07-16-12

Mostly Enjoyable; Not as Funny as I Anticipated

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-14

This seems to be a compilation of many of George Carlin's bits over the years. Some of them I recall and made me remember how funny George Carlin is; however, in some parts he sounded like an angry old man ranting and raving about how things should be the same as when he was young. I can get that from my dad any day of the week. Overall, I enjoyed it but was bored after a while with the complaints.

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,707

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Hysterical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-13

I loved this book, especially the narration by Jenny Lawson. She has a somewhat warped sense of humor, which admittedly isn't for everyone, but it is what made her stories of growing up in a little town in Texas funny, if a little disturbing. She had quite a strange upbringing if you are to believe even half of her stories. Somehow she is able to bring a little bit of levity to even the most cringe-worthy stories. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sad when it came to its end. I had never heard of her before but after listening to this book, am definitely a Jenny Lawson fan.

  • The Lady in the Tower

  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Narration

  • By Ana Mardoll on 11-03-12

Very Well Researched

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-13

I have no doubt that the author is an expert in this topic and that she meticulously researched all available documentation. However, I seemed to lose track of the players. Not those integral to the plot but there were so many peripheral cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. I had a terrible time keeping track of who was on the Boleyn side and who colluded to have her accused of the ridiculous charges. Since I was a little girl I have known about Henry the VIII and his string of wives. I saw the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl" and found myself wanting to know the real story rather than Hollywood's version. I did enjoy much of the book once the scheming started but the first part was difficult to stick with as I really could care less who the entire court were and how they fit in. I felt like I was back in History class listening to names and dates of people and things I care nothing about. However, once the plot moved forward to the arrest of Anne Boleyn and the men with which she was charged with the crime of adultery against the King, I was transfixed. It amazes me that Cromwell was able to do this to the Queen. According to this author, he was able to put forth enough convincing evidence to sway the King and many others to his will. However, I suspect it didn't take all that much arm-twisting as many had their own agendas that benefited from her demise. I thought the narration was excellent and all in all I did enjoy this book and learned much about Anne Boleyn that I was not aware of-she was a human being with courage and conviction but also showed a dark side in which she was full of herself and treated others with an unbecoming haughtiness. She also treated poor Mary terribly, which is a large part of why she had so many people willing to believe the worst about her. She realized this in the end and asked for forgiveness, which provides a brief glimpse of the goodness inside her. She also really believed in church reform-right or wrong-another thing that garnered her many enemies. She really was a fascinating character.

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,538

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

This 4th book had a LOT of new characters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-13

I have to admit that I didn't feel there was as much action in this 4th book of the series; however, the reader is introduced to all kinds of new characters with elaborate back stories. At times I started to lose track of who was related or tied to which House - Lannisters, Starks, Targaryans, Freys, Tyrells, Blackwaters - so many names with so many cousins and aunts and uncles. And a brand new prince of Dorin that I had never heard of.

However, now that I am reading A Dance with Dragons, the 5th book, it does help to know a bit about the players. Such a sprawling story and I must say the HBO series is much easier to follow now that I know a bit more about the characters and their motives. I am anxious to see how this all plays out. There are so many characters that you can go for most of the book without knowing what happened to your favorite. Never a boring moment and the 5th book is my favorite so far.

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  • Unfamiliar Fishes

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413

In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting

  • By darrin class on 05-02-11

Another Great Book from Sarah Vowell

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-12

I love reading Sarah Vowell books as she is so funny (in a dry, sardonic way) and I always learn things that were never discussed in any of my history classes. While I am really intrigued with learning more about my country's history, so many history-themed books are dry and boring. Sure, I learn things but it is difficult to pay attention when I am reading or listening to a bunch of facts that seem to have no relevence to the present day. Sarah Vowell inserts humorous metaphors and asides to make these "facts" resonate a bit more.

This was not my favorite of her books, but there were some very interesting parts and I learned quite a bit, as usual. Kind of sad to find that once again, the U.S. saw a piece of land and set out to steal it using "manifest destiny" as an excuse to trick the indigenous people into giving away their land for very little or no money based upon promises that would never come to be. If you have never read Sarah Vowell, I definitely recommend reading any of her books.

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,121
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,107

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

Never a Dull Moment

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-12

This book had much more violence and surprises than the last book. Characters that I had enjoyed getting to know were suddenly killed and that was very unsettling but it makes for an exciting story as you never know what will happen next. I enjoyed this book and am anxious to see what happens next in the 4th book